Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8 v31-32
If people can grasp Jesus’ teachings and choose to apply them in a faithful way, then freedom and change will result. Consequently, a key question for church leaders must be: How can we help people to learn and understand Biblical truth?
It strikes me that most churches are reliant on a sermon. Many ministers impart rational information in a primarily verbal way and believe that they are helping people to know the truth. However, it is commonly accepted that there are a variety learning styles but this is ignored by many Bible teachers who are then frustrated that the people who they are teaching don’t seem to get it. It is easy to blame our congregations but are we willing to stop and consider whether the problem is with our approach?
If you are interested in thinking about how we effectively teach people with different learning styles then you might find the document Helping People to learn in Church helpful. People who aren’t rational/logical leaners can get bogged down in the middle section in it on different learning style theories. If you find this bit hard going, feel free to skip over it (jump to ‘so where do we go from here’ near the bottom of p7)
This is a seminar I ran where I presented my findings
Those of us involved in teaching and communication in Church have a lot to think about. I’ll leave you with this picture to consider. If you want to get in touch about this then use the contact form below. You can also read related posts under Trackbacks / Pingbacks below.